There are two new teams and one new No. 1 in the ThisWeek boys and girls basketball Super 7 rankings with the holiday break approaching.
The Newark girls team’s movement past Pickerington Central and Dublin Coffman into the top spot is more of a reward for what the Wildcats have accomplished than an indictment of the other two teams.
With a 53-32 victory over Reynoldsburg on Dec. 12, Newark flashed the success it enjoyed last season when it went 28-1 and reached a Division I state semifinal.
New to the girls rankings is Northland, which endured a 56-44 loss to Westerville South on Dec. 6 but has won six in a row since that time.
The only movement in the boys poll is at No. 7, where Eastmoor Academy moves back in after beating Columbus South 67-65 on Dec. 19 in a matchup of City League-South Division powers. Eastmoor was fifth in the preseason rankings.
The Warriors replace Westerville South, which lost to Olentangy Liberty 61-58 on Dec. 14 in a matchup of strong OCC-Buckeye teams.
Hilliard Bradley remains at No. 1, but the Jaguars are a team to keep an eye on going forward after losing senior point guard Braden Norris until at least February with a broken right foot.BOYS
1. Hilliard Bradley (5-0)
2. Pickerington North (3-2)
3. Upper Arlington (4-0)
4. Dublin Coffman (5-0)
5. Pickerington Central (3-1)
6. Westerville North (5-0)
7. Eastmoor Academy (4-1)GIRLS
1. Newark (6-0)
2. Pickerington Central (6-1)
3. Dublin Coffman (6-1)
4. Africentric (7-0)
5. Reynoldsburg (7-1)
6. Westerville South (4-2)
7. Northland (10-1)